Behind the scenes with American spies

Author goes deeper to find overlooked heroes who prove all perspectives required to keep America safe. 

One of the most difficult feats as a journalist is to get a source to tell you their secrets. But that endeavor — convincing someone to part with information — is the benchmark for being a good spy — and one of the reasons why the two professions are fascinated with each other.

Mundy comes to the subject with experience and skill, having written a previous volume about American women who worked in the intelligence services before World War II. Readers of that book, or the legion of others written about the CIA in the 20th Century, will be surprised to discover that those previous tomes are only partial histories, because key officers and leaders had, for decades, been marginalized and overlooked by the CIA itself.

For readers who didn’t grow up in the 20th Century, Mundy provides a concise history of the sexism older women faced across America. In the 1950s and 1960s, the agency wooed female recruits with the promise of international exploits — and then steered them toward “a female channel:” the euphemism for the agency’s glass ceiling where mid-ranging jobs were less well paid and less valued.

 

 

Gideon Canice

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